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Council of Chief State School Officers

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on action to improve U.S. education and developed the Draft National Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST) Standards.

Below are some of the characteristics that the CCSSO identified as necessary for assessment-literate teachers. The work of this national organization illustrates the wide recognition that assessment is a critical element in the instructional process. How does this set of characteristics compare to the CSTPs and the definition of assessment literacy provided previously in this unit?

  1. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learners’ progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learners’ decision making.
  2. The teacher uses assessment to engage learners in their own growth.
  3. The teacher implements assessment in an ethical manner and minimizes bias to enable learners to display the full extent of their learning.

Learn more about the Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment in a paper prepared by FAST.

For additional information on the Council of Chief State School Officers, visit the CCSSO Web site.


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